Over the past couple days, I’ve ran across a few interesting articles from The Points Guy (TPG).
He has been running a series about maximizing airlines elite status, with the most recent article covering mid-tier elite status I think mid-tier is the highest realistically attainable status if you’re doing mostly personal travel, so this article is worth checking out for what this might be worth to you. The series also includes an introduction to elite status and mileage runs (where people fly on low fares purely to earn miles), an article on the value of the different tiers of elite status, as well as a couple of other articles. I definitely recommend reading these! But I will warn you, the articles are a bit long.
Additional, TPG has a Reader Question post about the value of American Express Membership Rewards points. The article demonstrates some of the thought process behind valuing miles/points, and how your redemption choices affect that value. Also, the article eventually goes into cash back cards, and there’s a long list of cash back credit cards at the end of it.